Thump, thump, thump goes your heart string

Published by Andria Earnshaw (February 12, 2018)

We often think of February as the month of love because of the cartoon hearts, the romantic gestures and Valentine’s day. Well, there is another important event throughout the entire month of February, do you know what it is? I’ll give you some hints. It’s been around since the 60s, thank you, Lyndon B. Johnson. It has to do with your health and affects a huge percentage of the population. You could say it’s near and dear to your…

It’s American Heart Month. Now that I’ve mentioned it, I’m sure it rings some bells. It’s one of those awareness months that we all recognize, but I don’t think most of us consciously pay attention to it. Well, I think that’s something we should change.

A sobering thought. In the time it took you to read this another American has had a heart attack. That’s right, an American has a heart attack every 25 seconds. That information is staggering. Finding that out makes me want to re-certify in CPR so I can be there to help if I’m needed. My last CPR certification was in the 8th grade. Wow. I definitely wouldn’t be able to help someone in an emergency at this point. I need to get re-certified.

Getting that certificate
Let’s be clear. I know you know that you need to sign up for CPR course to be certified. I also know that you would love it for me to make it as easy as possible for you. So. Et voilà.

Find your training center here:
http://ahainstructornetwork.americanheart.org/AHAECC/classConnector.jsp?pid=ahaecc.classconnector.home

There are several training centers in my small city, so you should have some in yours or at least close by. Right now my day is a bit too full with my commute to sign up for a course. I leave the house at 7am and get home at 7pm. If only there was a way for me to learn these skills without having to leave my own home.

Hey now, the American Heart Association also offers Adult & Child CPR Anytime Kits. They are less expensive than the courses offered, but you won’t get certification, you’ll just be learning the skills. It’s perfect if you want to have the knowledge, just in case.

You can even take  Pet CPR courses, these are often included with pet first aid courses so you can be prepared for your furry family members. I’d suggest contacting your vet if it’s something you’re interested in.

I definitely want to get myself certified again, so I’ll sign up for a class as soon as I can find one on a Saturday. What about you? Are you going to get signed up? You never know when you might need to save a life.

Andria Earnshaw

Andria is a Midwestern girl at heart, though she’s spent most of her life out West. Western Colorado to be precise. Since moving away, she’s really come to miss using the mountains as a guide when giving and getting directions! Her adventure partners are her husband and two dogs who love nothing more than to run. (The dogs love to run, not the husband.) She enjoys reading, hiking and is just getting into photography with her DSLR. You may see some of her photos making their way into her posts, you never know!

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